The LGBT Family Law Institute

The LGBT Family Law Institute, a joint venture of the LGBT Bar and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, allows experienced LGBT family law practitioners to share collective wisdom and to discuss cutting-edge legal strategies for representing members of the LGBT community.

Bill Singer, director of the Family Law Institute, talks with Deborah Wald.

Bill Singer, director of the Family Law Institute, talks with Deborah Wald.

Topics covered include:

  • Family creation
  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Ethics
  • Interstate and international parentage issues
  • Estate planning
  • Collaborative law
  • Transgender issues
  • Dissolution of relationships
  • Elder law
  • Domestic Violence
  • LGBTQ Youth


The Family Law Institute was founded in 2009 and meets every year at the LGBT Bar’s annual Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair. In addition, all members are invited to an email listserv in which they can ask questions, give advice and simply communicate with fellow members. The LGBT Family Law Institute gives participants an opportunity to network with lawyers from other states in order to build a cadre of family law practitioners throughout the country.


Building Bridges

Building Bridges: Manuel Rodenas of Madrid, Spain, attends the 2012 Family Law Institute in Washington, DC.

Family Law Institute Governance

Executive Committee: Zack Paakkonen (director), Deb Guston, Nancy Knauer

Membership Committee: Peggy Brady (chair), David Brown (chair), Rick Corley, Emily Dudak-Taylor, Rebecca Levin, Caleb Oken-Berg, Daniel Smyth, Richard Wilson, Deborah Yeomans-Barton, Michelle Zavos

Program Committee: Joan Burda (chair), Vicki Ferrara, Nancy Knauer, Deborah Wald

Listserv Committee: Zack Paakkonen (chair), Peggy Brady, Carrington “Rusty” Mead, Michael McHugh



For information about regional meetings, recent litigation and other Family Law Institute resources, please use the navigation bar on the right of the page.